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Old 20-Oct-2015, 11:57   #1
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Hideo Kojima has left Konami

Rumours have been circulating for months that Hideo Kojima and Konami were not on the best of terms and that the two were due to part ways shortly after Metal Gear 5 was released. Thanks to an article in The New Yorker, we now know that Kojima has indeed left the company. It would seem that Konamis desire to move away from the console game industry and focus more on their Pachinko machines and mobile gaming (amongst other, non-gaming related ventures), meant that no place remained for Kojimas brand of high budget blockbuster games. This, despite reports that while Metal Gear 5 cost around $80 million to make, it made over $187 million on its first day of release.

Bizarrely, Konami seem to be claiming that Kojima is still an employee of their company and is simply taking an extended holiday following the release of a game that had a long development cycle. This was countered by Simon Parkin, author of the New Yorker article, who responded to that notion on Twitter:



Kojimas non-compete clause is expected to expire in December, at which point he is free to form a new studio, or sign with another publisher. He is unlikely to be unemployed for long.
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I'm guessing the extended vacation might be using up holiday before contract ends? So technically correct, while avoiding the obvious in a very HR kind of way.
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